Chevrolet Malaysia has recently introduced the all-new Chevrolet Colorado, designed and engineered to be Chevrolet’s toughest, highest-performing and most refine midsize pickup truck ever, which is set to enthral the Malaysian crowd.
The all-new Colorado offers more technology and delivers more features and value than ever before. Interiors, exteriors and major mechanical features are all new, representing the most clean-sheet midsize truck program in Chevrolet’s 100-year history.
Only the LT and LTZ double cab variants will be available in the Malaysian market with the 2.5L manual transmission and 2.8L engine in both auto and manual transmission. These engines are Chevrolet’s all-new family of four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines, based on Chevrolet’s proven 6.6L V8 Duramax found only in the US market.
Both engine versions come with a Common Rail Direct Injection system, and feature an intercooled turbo-charger. The 2.8L four-cylinder 16-valve Duramax churns out 180hp at 3,800 rpm and 470Nm at 2,000 rpm when mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Variants with 5-speed manual transmission come with a 440Nm at 2,000 rpm version of the engine.
The 2.5L four-cylinder 16-valve version has 150hp at 3,800 rpm and 350Nm at 2,000 rpm. The 2.5L version is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission only.
Optimized to deliver high torque at low rpm, both Duramax engines are suited for heavy duty applications – from transporting to hauling heavy loads without sacrificing performance. They have also been designed to be extremely efficient, resulting in best-in-class fuel economy. Both engines are equally environmentally friendly, as they meet EURO-4 emissions requirements.
The all-new Colorado has bigger overall dimensions over its predecessor. At the front, Chevrolet’s internationally-recognized gold bowtie and signature dual-port grille are complemented by two large projector-style chromium headlamps that flow into the front fenders. The side-beams of the large hood are three inches higher and, together with the flared wheel arches, give the Colorado a higher shoulder line and a visibly bolder look.
The LTZ variant will be equipped with square chromium fog lights, aiding visibility in conditions with poor lighting. A tough metal sump-guard is integrated into the bottom of the front bumper, and lends a tougher look to the front-end, while serving to protect the bottom of the powertrain from rugged terrains.
Chrome, low-gloss and soft-finish materials are used throughout the truck – the tailgate, door handles, rear fender and electric side mirrors – for a premium and more modern feel, while breaking the monotony of an expansive sheet of metal.
Large, vertical taillight clusters, housing LED lamps for better visibility to other drivers, complete the bold and rugged look at the rear. The bodywork is tightly wrapped over the larger dimensions and, together with bold design cues, give the Colorado a strong and purposeful stance and demeanour.
The larger overall dimension of the all-new Colorado means more interior space for the driver and passengers. Starting with the signature ‘dual cockpit’ front console based on the legendary Chevrolet Corvette, the interior features a beige-and-black, two-toned colour scheme, complete with metallic inserts to give a sleek and sporty feel.
The design of the meters cluster in front of the driver is based on the Chevrolet Camaro, while all displays, including the digital Data Information Centre (DIC) between the speedometer and tachometer, are back-lit with Chevrolet’s signature LED Ice-Blue illumination.
The centre console is equipped with control switches laid out in circular fashion to ensure easy viewing and intuitive operability – both the digital HVAC (Heat, Ventilation and Air-Conditioner) and drivetrain configuration (4×2, 4×4, Hi, Low ratio) controls are laid out this way.
The all-new Colorado offers more head and shoulder room for both the driver and passengers, while the ergonomically-designed front seats have a larger range of adjustments to accommodate a wider variety of driver and passenger preferences.
In addition to space and comfort, the interior of the all-new Colorado also comes with features normally found in more upscale passenger saloons. These include digital/electronic HVAC controls and cruise control for the LTZ variant, which also comes with a 2-DIN audio system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and MP3 compatibility, all supported by a six-speaker system. The HVAC system in all variants has also gone through a redesign to provide quieter operation.
The all-new Colorado is built on a strengthened chassis that has better torsional rigidity, aided by eight cross members in its step-ladder frame. In addition to rigidity, the stiffer chassis also allows engineers to identify and dial out noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) from the cabin. Additionally, a stiffer chassis also aids in better driving feel and handling over all terrains.
The all-new Colorado rides on a sturdy suspension system that can handle heavy loads while offering superior handling and comfort. It features a double-wishbone configuration with coil springs and stabilizer bar at the front, while the rear uses semi-elliptical leaf springs.
In conjunction with a stiffer chassis, which also offers better overall structural integrity, the all-new Colorado has also been endowed with a host of active and passive safety features including TCS (Traction Control System), ESP (Electronic Stability Control), PBA (Panic Brake Assist), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist), CBC (Cornering Brake Control) and HBFA (Hydraulic Brake Fade Assist).
In addition to the active features which provide the driver with safer control of the vehicle, the all-new Colorado LT & LTZ variants also come with passive safety features, including front airbags for the driver and passenger, stiffer chassis with better structural rigidity, side impact protection beams and collapsible steering column which retracts into the front console to avoid contact with the driver during a frontal collision.
The all-new Chevy Colorodo is priced from RM90,267 for the 2.5 manual, RM96,008 for the 2.8 manual and the 2.8 auto will set you back RM106,008. All prices are on-the-road without insurance. Vehicle deliveries are expected to be from April 2012 onwards.